Many patients and families appear to lack a readiness for facing end of life
issues. Clinical staff often do not have a clear understanding of ethical and
religious principles that are part of end-of-life care. Family members hold
on to hope for cures. Many people do not talk about end of life issues. For
some death is viewed as an end. Some people experience an inability too
balance objectivity and subjectivity as they enter the transitional journey
with their loved one.
Nationally one third of the admissions to hospice occur in the last week of
life. There is a need for earlier interventions in end-of-life care. The intent
of this project is to provide a mechanism whereby persons who have been
involved with working with patients and families at the end of life can
internalize and share the impact that this ministry has had on them.